Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is wasting no time getting back to work in 2013, starting the year off with a cabinet meeting in the Capitol’s Red Room at 11 a.m.
Also at 11 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg will attend the FDNY promotion ceremony on Randall’s Island to promote the fact that 2012 set an all-time record for the fewest fire fatalities in NYC.
At 10:30 a.m., Sen. Chuck Schumer will call on leaders of the House to reverse their decision to deny the Sandy aid package a vote this Congress. Schumer’s NYC office, 780 Third Ave., Suite 2301, Manhattan.
At noon, Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins announces his candidacy for Westchester County executive, Crowne Plaza, Scarsdale Room, 66 Hale Ave., White Plains.
The House adjourned without voting on the president’s $60.4 billion disaster aid package for Sandy victims.
The bill, passed by the US Senate, dies when the new Congress is sworn in tomorrow.
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, who yanked the bill from the floor, said he “is committed to getting this bill passed this month.”
New York delegation members – Republicans and Democrats alike – were infuriated by Boehner’s decision. Rep. Nita Lowey said she felt “truly betrayed,” while Rep. Michael Grimm said he was “somewhat ashamed” with his own conference leadership.
Economist and one-time US Senate candidate David Malpass isn’t impressed by the fiscal cliff deal, noting taxes will go up for many Americans as a result and the size of government will grow.
Outgoing Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle told the Syracuse Post-Standard she would likely vote “no” on the fiscal cliff bill, but then didn’t cast a vote at all.
While Cuomo left the charm offensive to the female members of his family, he engaged in “a rare instance of retail politics” during the two-hour event.
A state worker who attended the open house gave Cuomo an earful on the need to pass gun control legislation.
NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly have reportedly cut a deal that he will stay on if she’s elected mayor this fall. (An NYPD spokesman insists no such conversation has taken place between the two).
“The personal is political” for the de Balsio family as the public advocate gears up for his mayoral run, but other candidates’ family members are taking a more low-profile approach.
Potential Republican mayoral candidate and former MTA chairman Joe Lhota has scheduled meetings today with GOP powerbroker Guy Molinari, Staten Island Republican chairman Bob Scamardella and Manhattan GOP leader Dan Isaacs among others.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to be hospitalized while recovering from a blood clot in her head. There’s no date set for her release.
Chelsea Clinton tweeted her thanks to all her mother’s well-wishers.
Dan Janison says it’s “useless” to try to predict what impact – if any – the blood clot will have on Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 White House run.
Putnam County officials would break state law by rejecting The Journal News’ request for the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits, according to state Committee on Open Government Executive Director Robert Freeman.
The Poughkeepsie Journal calls the Cuomo administration’s plan to reconstruct the Tappan Zee Bridge “a good start.”
Assemblyman and Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Morelle said he plans to recommend his 24-yar-old son, Joe Morelle Jr., to fill the county legislature seat vacated by Ted O’Brien when O’Brien was elected to the state Senate in November.
Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, of Long Island, is a contender for the majority leader post vacated by former Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, but believes it will go to an upstater (Morelle?) due to the “need for geographical balance.”
Former EPA Commissioner Lisa Jackson’s sudden resignation was reportedly due to the fact that she was convinced Obama is planning to green-light the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Juan Gonzalez urges Cuomo to watch “Promised Land,” the new fracking movie starring Matt Damon, before he delivers his third State of the State address on Jan. 9.
Ground Zero volunteers who are now suffering health problems due to their work on the pile after 9/11 are finding it hard to prove they were there so they can qualify for federal aid.
Michael Backus, Oswego County’s Republican chair and a former aide to State Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb, was sworn in as the county’s first new clerk in three decades. (At 29, he’s the youngest county clerk in New York).
More than 15 months after floodwaters from Hurricane Irene swept through Schoharie Valley, lawsuits are pending in Schoharie County Supreme Court filed by communities, businesses and property owners in the region seeking more than $115 million from New York City agencies that maintain Gilboa Dam, its reservoirs and a hydroelectric facility on Schoharie Creek.
Federal grants to owners of properties damaged by superstorm Sandy come with a catch for those in flood zones without flood insurance: There will be no disaster aid next time unless they buy a policy.
Bloomberg kept a New Year’s promise to his longtime girlfriend, Diana Taylor, by taking her to see “Les Miz.”
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